Amy Goodman, Music in Como Park and More!

Newsletter Issue: 
August 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 3

KFAI Brings Amy Goodman to Minneapolis in September 

Save the date! Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!," will speak on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 101 East Grant Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, 7pm - 9pm. Goodman will have copies of her new book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope," available for sale. Tickets are $15.00 and go on sale September 5th at Advanced tickets are recommended. A limited number of tickets will be available at the event starting at 5:30pm.



KFAI News Awarded and Youth News Initiative 2012 Graduates

KFAI Legacy Producers Receive Page One Awards

By Dale Connelly, KFAI News Director

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has recognized three KFAI Legacy producers for their work. On June 19th, Susan Gray, Mahi Palanisami and Todd Melby received Page One Awards at the 2012 Page One Awards Banquet, which honors the best in Minnesota journalism from 2011.

Susan Gray took Second Place in the Mini-documentary/In-depth Series category for her piece, "MLK Park’s Freedom Form II." In the story, Susan explores racial disparities in south Minneapolis, and talks to community members about the 1971 dedication ceremony of Martin Luther King Park at 42nd and Nicollet Avenue South 
In the Feature category, Mahi Palanisami received a Third Place award for her story, “Hindustani Music Master Dr. Pooja Goswami-Pavan,” which profiles a local Indian ghazal singer and University of Minnesota music professor. 
Todd Melby received a Second Place award in the Feature-Length Documentary category for his piece, “Yesterday’s Revolution: the Minneapolis 78rpm Record Scene”—a story that takes listeners inside the rarefied world of 78 record enthusiasts, featuring interviews with Scott Holthus, owner of Vintage Music Company in Minneapolis, and Greg Carr, former KFAI host of “Dig Up the Roots.” 
All of the work was produced as part of KFAI’s Legacy initiative, and overseen by Project Manager Nancy Sartor. Legacy stories air weekday mornings at 7:40am during the Takeaway, and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8pm during MinneCulture.
They are also also online at
The Legacy Project is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information on KFAI’s Legacy Project, contact Nancy Sartor at

YNI Teaches Young People to Tell Their Own Stories

By Colleen Powers for the KFAI Network
“I learned that stories can be told in many different ways even though it’s the same story.” On June 19th, Karen Xiong posted those words on the official blog for KFAI’s Youth News Initiative (YNI). Seven weeks later, Karen joined five other students from Minneapolis-St. Paul communities of color in graduating from YNI, all of them newly armed with a summer’s worth of journalism knowledge and radio production skills and ready to tell their own stories in their own way. 
2012 marks the eighth session of the Youth News Initiative, which has received outside grants in the past but was funded directly through KFAI this year. Emily Krumberger, now wrapping up her year of service as KFAI’s Americorps member, acted as co-supervisor for this summer’s YNI alongside news director Dale Connelly. 
“There’s been a lack of people of color making decisions in news departments and in media in general, and a lot of misrepresentation or under-representation of these communities within and by the media,” Emily explains. YNI seeks to combat that problem by giving young people the tools to tell stories themselves. The mission is, Emily says, “training the next generation of journalists from communities of color.”  
Read the rest of the story here to learn more about this year's YNI students and their stories.


Community & Culture

Free Groovin’ in the Garden Como Park Wednesday Concerts

by Dick Stevens for the KFAI Network

A KFAI T-Shirt Says It All

Matt Reinartz is proud of his KFAI T-shirt with the slogan that reads “A Different Radio Station Every Hour.” Matt says that programming concept is behind the free Groovin’ in the Garden series being held on the lawn of the Como Park Conservatory Visitor Center from 6 to 8pm every Wednesday through September 5th.  Matt is Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, a KFAI business underwriter.

A Natural Choice to Reach Listeners 

“KFAI was the natural choice for us to help get the word out about this series to people who love musical variety,” Matt says. “We’re featuring an exciting lineup of bands playing many different styles of music, including zydeco, jazz, folk, country blues, r & b and rockabilly. The concerts are free. I’m a big fan of local music, and our events offer additional activities that can be fun for the whole family.  We’ll have lawn games and a climbing wall for kids.  Food, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase. And we have a spectacular backdrop for our concerts, including the historic domed conservatory building and the outdoor water gardens and plantings.  So put on your dancin’ shoes and come on out.”

A Great Place for Live Music

Matt points out that it’s possible to find live music almost every night in the Twin Cities. He said the very positive public response to the Como Park Music Under Glass series held earlier this year at the conservatory’s sunken garden encouraged their sponsorship of a summer series of live outdoor performances. Bands appearing include Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, The 817 Band, The Auctioneers, The Detroit Don King Blues Band, The Rockin’ Pinecones and the Tim Malloys.

A Zookeeper Did the Promotional Announcements

Matt was pleased that Pete Lee, host of KFAI’s weekly Bop Street show, delivered the on-air KFAI promotional announcements for the Groovin’ in the Garden concerts. Pete happens to works by day at the Como Park Zoo as a giraffe, zebra and hoofed animals zookeeper.  More information about the Groovin’ at the Garden Wednesday concert series is at

KFAI's Fall Pledge Drive Begins September 28th, Give a Boost Toward Our Goal Now! 


Join the KFAI Booster Club for Fall 2012! The KFAI Booster Club is a group of dedicated members who are passionate about their support of KFAI, so much so that they want to encourage other listeners to become members, too! By pooling their resources, the KFAI Booster Club will match donations of fellow listeners who contribute before the drive begins! This is the first time KFAI members have matched donations coming in before drive. We are working hard in the office to reach our goal this fall and early contributions help! Booster club members can make a powerful statement about what happens when people come together to financially sustain their community radio station. Contact Pam Hill Kroyer by email or call 612.341.3144, ext. 22, to become a booster club member.

Thanks to KFAI Booster Club members from spring pledge drive: John F. Blackstone, P.E. and Linda Kjerland, Alden Drew and Mimie Pollard, Duffy and Virginia Miller, Steve and Cathie Wilson, and the KFAI Board of Directors, for your extraordinary support of community radio!


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